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With nearly 40 years working in the aerospace and defense
industry, Gooden has amassed various professional honors.
Fortune magazine named Gooden as one of the Top 50 Most
Powerful Women in Business for three consecutive years.
Washingtonian magazine recog-
nized her as one of Washington’s
Most Powerful Women. An induct-
ee in the Career Communications’
Hall of Fame, Gooden also is in the
Maryland Business Hall of Fame.
Other honors include being featured as one of Black Enterprise
magazine’s 100 Most Powerful
Executives in Corporate America
in 2009. In 2008, she was named
to Corporate Board Member
magazine’s Top 50 Women in Technology. She was selected in 2007 as Executive of the Year by the
Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards and in
2006 as Black Engineer of the Year by U.S. Black Engineer
and Information Technology Magazine.
Before assuming the role of executive vice president at
Lockheed Martin, she was president of the company’s Infor-
mation Technology unit, which she grew from $8 million
to $2.5 billion over 10 years. She also was vice president of
Lockheed Martin’s Software Support Services and held other
positions of increasing responsibility.
Gooden says her expertise will be an asset to AFCEA.
“Over the years, I’ve been able to develop strategies to
grow into new areas, and I think as we look out into the
future, we will probably have to diversify AFCEA in some
ways,” she says.
In addition to AFCEA, Gooden actively supports professional, academic and civic organizations, serving on numerous executive boards, including Eisenhower Fellowships’
Board of Trustees; TechAmerica; University System of
Maryland Board of Regents; and the U.S. Naval Academy
Foundation. President Barack Obama appointed Gooden to
the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee in 2010.
Gooden received her degree in computer technology from
Youngstown State University; she also holds a bachelor’s
degree in business administration and an M.B.A. from the
University of Maryland.
Gooden describes herself as a “forward thinking” and
“decisive” leader. “I’d like to think I’m very fair,” she says.
“The underlying foundation of all that is ethics—making
decisions that are ethical and fair to everyone that’s involved.”
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